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(Chicago Sun-Times)   Thieves steal $15,000 worth of sculptures from Chicago-area library. BOOK IT. DONE   (suntimes.com) divider line 9
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2012-06-10 05:25:32 PM
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2012-06-10 07:50:00 PM
What's even sadder is the scrapyard that will claim they didn't know it was stolen.
We had cemetery urns turn up at a local scrapyard and the guy claimed he didn't realize that they were stolen from a local cemetery
 
2012-06-10 07:52:52 PM
What kills me is this Why do scrapyards take what is obviously art to begin with? Does no one's mom watch Antiques Roadshow? Does it not occur to them to try calling the cops and saying "hay guys we just bought this seems weird"?

Don't they get crap for receiving stolen property, same as any other fence?
 
2012-06-10 08:15:31 PM
I don't know much about the scrap metal biz, but since you almost never hear about items being recovered, I suspect that dealers are just as crooked as the thieves. So, if we're not already doing it:


* Add a one week waiting period between the time someone brings in stuff, and they receive a check.

* Send recyclers a weekly list of all recent metal thefts in the region.

* Charge recyclers as accessories if they recieve, or don't report items on the list.

I'm sure someone will tell me I'm full of crap, but goddamn I'm getting sick of reading these stories.
 
2012-06-10 08:36:21 PM
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2012-06-10 09:37:14 PM
And they will probably only get about $25 if they sell them as scrap. I can only hope that the scrap dealers alert the police and that the thieves are too stupid to melt them down themselves.
 
2012-06-10 11:37:14 PM

balisane: What kills me is this Why do scrapyards take what is obviously art to begin with? Does no one's mom watch Antiques Roadshow? Does it not occur to them to try calling the cops and saying "hay guys we just bought this seems weird"?

Don't they get crap for receiving stolen property, same as any other fence?


You have to have "reasonable belief" that the property is stolen. For all they know, (they'll tell the detectives) someone had these spare statues they just trashed when they remodeled or whatever. Just because a statue LOOKS like "The Thinker" doesn't mean it IS.
 
2012-06-11 12:42:44 AM
My old neighbor Butch is a Diesel mechanic for a scrapyard. He says if somebody comes in with a shiatload of new copper pipe, or something obvious like that, the owners notify the police, who interview said scrappers. Even though they can make a quick buck, he says the owners appear pretty honest in regards to fenced scrap. (Butch is an old one eyed Vietnam Vet who talks like a hillbilly, and has 5 chiuauas, bless his heart)
 
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